Being a good friend can be a serious challenge for all addicts.   Drug addicts and alcoholics may have “drug buddies” or “drinking buddies,” and sex addicts have acting out (sexual) partners.  But addicts are intimacy challenged and avoid closeness, often being isolated except for their work relationships or immediate family.

Sex addicts tend to have a narcissistic defense system, a façade of grandiosity which covers a deeper feeling of unworthiness.  The result is that they don’t easily feel safe with anyone.  They tend to feel that everyone is either superior or inferior to them and so they avoid taking even the initial steps that might result in a deeper friendship.

-1 Comments to
A Smart New Year’s Resolution: Learn to be a Better Friend

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. Click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.

  1. Really liked this article and the way it was written, the link to that brighter12 website was very helpful too, i’m liking their program so far.

Join the Conversation!

Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines.

Post a Comment:


(Required, will be published)

(Required, but will not be published)

(Optional)




Check Out Linda Hatch's books,
Relationships in Recovery & Living with a Sex Addict.


Subscribe to this Blog: Feed

Recent Comments
  • Diane Strickland: Not such a big leap when you consider that partners contract HIV, chlamydia, genital warts, etc etc...
  • JoAnn Russell: Allowing ‘recovering’ sex addicts to be certified as CSATs and allowed to counsel...
  • TPG: Are they sociopathic? That feels like a giant leap, unless their sociopathology expressed in the rest of their...
  • Teri: I had basically the same experience as Tania with 3 different therapists. In couple’s counseling, when I...
  • Tania Rochelle: Re myth #7: It is no myth. I went to counseling with my SA-diagnosed husband with four different...
Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 12240
Join Us Now!